[Flac-dev] FLAC is dead?

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 16:11:53 PST 2011

On 1/10/11, Brian Willoughby <brianw at sounds.wa.com> wrote:
> On Jan 10, 2011, at 11:59, grarpamp wrote:
>> However, about 1.5 years ago you could get a factory new SL-1200
>> for $485US. Now one cannot be had for under $825. Furthermore, you
>> may follow this link and attempt to find any major seller with in
>> stock quantities of any model at a sane price. That would be an
>> excercise in futility. Therefore, they've left the market.
> That is the strangest definition of "discontinued" that I have ever
> heard.  I paid over $700 for my SL-1200M3D many years ago, and $825
> seems like about the right price considering inflation.  Just because
> you used to be able to get a discount doesn't mean the product has
> been discontinued.  The 1200 has always been expensive, and nobody
> has ever considered the cheaper alternatives to be a fair
> substitute.  Of course they're expensive now, because nobody else
> makes a good turntable in that market.
> Fortunately, FLAC is free.  It cannot be priced out of the market.
> Speaking of ripping vinyl to FLAC, I would expect that a belt drive
> would be better than direct drive.  Direct drive motors impart
> frequency modulation into audio, where belt drive smoothes out the
> pulsing of the motor.  A 1200 is great for DJ purposes, but that
> doesn't make it the best for ripping.  I use the Ortofon Arkiv
> cartridge for ripping, or the Gold, but I still do not have the ideal
> turntable.
> Brian Willoughby
> Sound Consulting
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